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Retaliation

What Is Workplace Retaliation?

Workers enjoy many legal rights outlined by various federal, state and local laws. However, these rights mean little if employees must suffer retaliation for exercising these rights. Luckily, many of these laws have special provisions that prevent workplace retaliation. Workplace retaliation is an adverse employment action against an applicant or employee that occurs in response …

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summary judgment

New Summary Judgment Standard for Retaliation Cases

Rarely will an employee have direct evidence of an employer’s unlawful behavior, such as discrimination or retaliation. This is particularly troublesome for employees when the employer files a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the employee’s lawsuit. Recognizing the challenge that employees face at this pretrial stage, courts have established a special burden-shifting standard to …

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What do I need to say to be protected as a whistleblower?

What Do I Need to Say to Be Protected as a Whistleblower?

If you have complained to management, the press, or a government agency about your employer’s unethical, illegal, or discriminatory acts, you may have some protection under the law as a whistleblower. Depending on the circumstances, if you suffer negative consequences because you’ve said or written such criticisms, your employer may have broken the law. One …

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Pregnancy Discrimination

Bayer Executive Fired After Standing Up for Pregnant Employee

You are a high-ranking executive in a major company. The company has honored you and promoted you to oversee some of its most profitable products and brands. You would think that if you witnessed illegal discrimination and called your colleagues out on it, things would be made right. Instead, you are fired. Luckily, there are …

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Pregnancy shouldn't lead to termination of employment

You Just Lost Your Job Because You’re Pregnant

In most work settings, letting your boss know that you are pregnant usually elicits congratulatory remarks and efforts to help make the pregnancy as easy and wonderful as possible. But for two women, becoming pregnant recently caused the termination of their employment. Here are their stories. Employee #1: Taylor King Nick’s Sports Grill is chain …

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